Prison Accident Claims
Our free accident claims guide is to help victims that have suffered an accident or injury while at prison. Our solicitors are here 7 days a week to start your claim for compensation.
Prisons are dangerous places, both for prisoners and for the staff who work with them, such as prison officers. Not only are there the usual accidents and injuries that you might expect from having so many people living and working together, but there are also a rising number of serious assaults targeting both inmates and prison officers. The prison service has a duty to protect everyone who enters a prison, including the inmates, prison officers, visitors, counselling and clerical workers and others. If this duty has not been fulfilled, you are likely to be able to make a claim.
If you have been injured in a prison and it wasn’t your fault, you are very likely to be able to make a prison accident personal injury claim. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation. Working with a team of experienced personal injury claims solicitors can be invaluable in making a prison accident claim, as these can be very complex cases, so we highly recommend that you accept legal assistance in these cases.
Can I Claim For Accidents That Happened In Prisons?
The prison service has a legal responsibility to keep everyone safe within prisons. If your accident or injury could have been foreseen (predicted) and nothing was done to prevent it, you are highly likely to be able to make a claim.
It can be tempting for members of the public to assume that prisons are just inherently unsafe and that any accidents or injuries that take place within them are just inevitable. This is simply not true. Prison officers have the right to work in a safe environment, and prison inmates have the same right to live in safe and secure place. If this has not been achieved, you are entitled to compensation.
What Kinds Of Prison Accidents Can I Claim For?
The requirements for claiming compensation for an accident in prison is the same as for any other workplace or public place. You must be able to demonstrate that there was someone responsible for your safety (which is very straightforward in prison accidents), that the accident or injury could have been predicted and that you have suffered an injury as a result.
Common Prison Accidents Where It Is Possible To Make A Compensation Claim Include:
- Slips, trips and falls. The prison service is responsible for keeping your work/living space clear and free from hazards, in much the same way that any other public place or employer would be. This means that they may be responsible for any slips, trips or falls if these were caused by carelessness or negligence.
- Assaults. It is possible for both inmates and prison officers to make a compensation claim for assaults in prison.
- Any accidents involving machinery or faulty equipment. Both prison officers and inmates can consider the prison to be their workplace. This means that you have the right to expect the same degree of protection and care as any other employee. If you are injured as a result of using damaged or faulty equipment, or being asked to use equipment you are not properly trained in the use of, you are entitled to claim compensation.
- Wrongful imprisonment. If your time in prison was subsequently found to have been in error, you deserve compensation for the loss of time and opportunity, as well as the suffering you have experienced.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim For My Prison Accident?
It is impossible to give an accurate estimate of the likely compensation payment for your prison accident claim without knowing the full details of your case. This is why our expert team of personal injury solicitors take the time to fully understand your unique situation. In more general terms, however, your compensation can be divided into two parts.
The first part of your compensation payment following a successful prison accident injury compensation claim is for the pain and suffering of the injury itself. This will usually be within guidelines published by the Judicial College (a national governing body). These guidelines give broad ranges for the amount of compensation due for different types of injury. The ranges are very broad in order to account for the highly individual nature of injuries and to ensure that the most appropriate sum will be awarded.
This is only the first part of your compensation payment, however. The other aspect that must be taken into consideration is how much it will take to get your life back on track. The purpose of compensation is to help you get as close as possible to the situation you were in before your accident happened. This part of your claim would include any loss of earnings you may have had as a result of your accident or injury, the loss of future earnings, if you are unable to continue in your previous career as a result of your injuries and any modifications you may require to help you adapt to your new life. In many cases, this part of the compensation award can far exceed the amount given for pain and suffering according to the Judicial College guidelines. Our years of experience mean that our expert personal injury solicitors are able to highlight areas where you are making costly changes to your life that you deserve to be compensated for. This enables to make sure that you receive the full compensation you deserve.
Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim For My Prison Accident Or Injury?
We recognise that prisoners are often also disadvantaged members of society, who will often not have the money available to make an up front payment to cover legal fees. Working on a no win no fee basis allows us to act on your behalf for your prison accident claim without you having to pay anything up front. You can leave it all to us, as we progress your claim and negotiate your compensation. You only have to pay for our services once you have received your compensation. Our fees will be an agreed percentage of that compensation, meaning that you will never be left worse off as a result of having made a prison accident claim for the compensation you deserve. We will also make sure that you are aware of the details of our fees in advance of making any decisions, including making it clear to you how much compensation you will receive in the end before you accept an offer. This way, you are in control of the process at all times and there are no unpleasant surprises.
Unfortunately, there are a few cases where we would not be able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis, but if you are in this unfortunate position we will make this clear to you and talk through your options for alternative funding solutions to make sure that you are as protected as possible.
How Do I Make A Prison Accident Claim?
Making a no win no fee prison accident injury claim is very straightforward. The first thing to do is select your solicitor. Our team of expert personal injury solicitors are available on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange a free, no obligation consultation. During this discussion, we will listen to your story to ensure that we understand the important details of your case. These include:
- The circumstances of your prison accident. We need to know what happened and why. This is important as a key part of our case is showing that the prison service had a responsibility to avoid or mitigate (make less severe) your accident and that they were careless or negligent about this responsibility. We will need to know who you think was to blame and why.
- The exact nature of your injuries. We need to know exactly what injuries you have sustained and how severe these are. In many cases, you may have injuries that you were not aware were related to your accident. An example of this is that many people who suffer arm injuries in a prison accident do not realise that their reduced grip strength might also be a symptom. Our highly experienced team have dealt with many prison accident injury cases and know exactly what to ask to ensure that we understand everything that you’re going through.
- The ways in which your prison accident and injuries have impacted your life. We need to know any additional expenses you might have incurred, either relating to your rehabilitation or to helping you to adapt to your injuries. These could include having to buy an automatic car if your injuries leave you struggling to drive a manual or loss of earnings if your injuries mean that you have been unable to work. These additional costs and difficulties will all be taken into account when calculating your compensation payment.
We understand that making a prison accident compensation claims may be stressful and you don’t know where to begin, but our highly experienced team of personal injury claims solicitors are here to help. If you are thinking of making a prison accident compensation claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.